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Supervillain Bull by AlexanderHenderson Supervillain Bull by AlexanderHenderson
Lately I've been looking at a lot of artists who make solid 3 dimension paintings of characters. The paintings I've seen looked like a lot of fun, and I wanted to give it a try for myself. I'm glad I tried to do this because it got me to practice digital painting, which is something I'm still not quite used to.

As always, critiques and constructive criticism are welcomed and appreciated. Don't be afraid of offending me.
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:iconciaran-nash:
Firstly, great concept! I chuckled when I saw what the pack on the character's back said!

I like the colours you have used as they are not sterotypical 'cow' colours. The green colour scheme works well and adds a dark atmosphere to the piece.

The shadows and highlights are well done and contribute to a well-rounded, pseudo-3D image.

It would be interesting to see this concept continued as a short series of characters...and maybe even a picture of a group of them.

My rationale:

Vision - 5: You really have had a very clear image in your head while producing this. The lines are clear and smooth and the whole piece has great coherency.

Originality - 3:: I love the idea but its nothing new. Maybe expanding upon the story or concept behind the piece would remedy this?

Technique - 4:Great technique - using digital painting. The shadows and reflections upon the surfaces of the subject are excellent. The posing is great and facial expressions are perfect. I also love the humour in the picture.

Impact - 4.5:The piece conveys such a great idea - it is incredibly effective and striking.

Overall: Great work, keep it up!
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:icondondukesofdeviantart:
OMG!!! Love this this dasterly and dangerous bull...Favorite artwork coming from you...Great job.
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thank you very much :)
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tyke44060 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
I got drawn into your gallery via the pirate model sheets you posted on the Animators group. You have a lot of great characters drawn up and the work shows a lot of style. I particularly liked your backgrounds. The bull is a great concept and the manure gun very funny. The painting quality is beyond anything I've ever accomplished, so I won't critcise it.
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:iconalexanderhenderson:
AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Student Filmographer
Thanks, I'm glad you like it, this was a fun character to work with.
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MAUWORLD274 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
He made me make manure on my pants!
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Ruberjig Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice work as this villain :)
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:iconbnbuehler:
bnbuehler Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Another cool character I'd like to see again. Love your art!
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:iconalexanderhenderson:
AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Student Filmographer
Thank you for all your compliments, I may work on this guy again in the future.
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Corkbottle Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Loving the concept and characterisation of this piece. Very well drawn with a great colors.
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:iconalexanderhenderson:
AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Student Filmographer
Thank you, I'm really glad you like it.
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Computers-putin Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
I'm still learning the in's and out's of digital painting ( and just painting in general )myself, and I must say this is impressive for what I'm assuming is your first. fantastic shading and smothing, , and proper highlighting and shadowing; giving it the the right amount of depth . it has a professional touch for sure! as for the design its very humorous, but it comes off Bowser-ish ( y'know, Bowser from Super Mario ), but it still retains a bit of charm. Very good picture!
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:iconalexanderhenderson:
AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Student Filmographer
Thank you, I'm glad you like it. I had done a drawing of bowser not long before this so I wouldn't be surprised if his design influenced this a little bit. Thanks for your input.
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giantdragon Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist
Wow,great colouring and intersting style!
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:iconalexanderhenderson:
AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Student Filmographer
Thank you for your compliments
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:icongiantdragon:
giantdragon Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist
Your very welcome.
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MacGwyver Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011   Digital Artist
This is a real fantastic departure from your usual repertoire Alex. So much about this is great, the evil expression, the mighty gun (rendered beautifully), the gigantic tank of shite on his back. You just know this guy is gonna do some serious damage. The main and secondary light sources make it jump. I love the back lit arms and tank. Very solid.
The background is very simple and direct , you can almost smell the fumes. Great color choices and the more saturated hues bring the character to the fore.

Because this is a digital painting and not for animation as such it's an opportunity to really pull out all the stops in terms of detail and texture. More detail on the horns , bang up the tank and hooves, etc . Cool as the metal materials are , I wonder if a couple of specular highlights on the bracers and gun would really separate the metal from the semi- shiny leathery battle-suit. A different hue and maybe value would have helped the horns stand out more from the similarly greyed out metal of the tank.

A couple of anatomical areas seem to be a bit askew such as the receding pectoral and the near leg and hoof or maybe the tremendous weight is causing it to buckle. Perhaps I'm wrong they just seem a bit out. The perspective and construction is a bit off on the manure tank as well, just a little.

It'd be great to see more of this kind of work as well as your usual excellent designs. This was an absolute joy to look at and it's great to see it as your new avatar.
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Student Filmographer
Thank you so much for your insights, they always make my day. This was a fun style to try, I figured that since I'm out of school, I had an opportunity to try new things and made this. I'll definitely be doing more stuff like this in the future. And yeah, there's a lot of little things that could be fixed on this, if I ever go back and remake this I'll definitely take what you said into account.
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:iconmacgwyver:
MacGwyver Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011   Digital Artist
No problem. It'd be cool to see some of your older characters in this style too. That would be something cool.
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NomNom2010 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
now this is intresting
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Zerahoc Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
I can't digital-paint worth beans.....gonna have to get myself practicing before september rolls around XD

Looks awesome, man. I'd hate to be the man on the recieving end of that manure cannon.
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:iconalexanderhenderson:
AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Student Filmographer
Thanks, I don't think we start digital painting until later in the year so you've got time. But it is a lot of fun and I definitely recommend trying it.
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Zerahoc Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
yeah i hope to work on digital colouring soon.
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astralfenrir Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like this character! First off, the colours you've used give the impression that he's a villain straight away. The expression and posing also help to convey his personality, which he seems to have a lot of; he's certainly an interesting character! The shading is also fantastic, and I like your choice of ammo to add some humour to the picture. An excellent picture, in conclusion!

Also, thank you for explaining how you paint. I'd love to try a more realistic shading style sometime, so your explanation was very helpful, thank you very much! :)
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:iconalexanderhenderson:
AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Student Filmographer
Thank you very much, glad I was helpful. If you ever need a hand with that shading stuff just let me know.
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Star-Bound-Dreamer Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I noticed the toe furthest to the left is a bit too white and seems a little squished compared to the others. I also noticed the bottom left side of the cape looks blurred. Maybe if you cleaned the line there a bit?

All in all I really like it! Very nicely done.
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Student Filmographer
Hey, thanks for pointing all that out to me. Once I saw it myself I went back and reworked a few of the areas you mentioned, particularly the edge of the cape. It's still not perfect, but I think it looks better thanks to your observations. Thanks for your help.
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lufreesz Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Awesome! I love this character!
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AceNeophyte Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
The lighting render is insanely good...specially the fill light.

OK time to pull on straws -___-

The horn beside the 'R' looks like its denting inside instead of rounding around...not sure if thats intended.
The shiny underwear is debatable fashion statement to me. It drags my eyes to that area(secondary point of interest), but leaves me asking why do I want to look down there... The belt, bracers and feet being shiny are plenty for me. Could the reason its bright was it blended too much with the suit? If so, then perhaps a hue shift instead of a chroma shift would be worth experimenting with.
For your background its solid, it fits the mood, and it works - no complaints. But maybe building the environment would be useful to further flush out the character's dossier. like... why does he have a gun(crime fighter vs villain vs whatever - is it even his only one etc)? whos his enemy(classic dartboard + face etc)? where does he live(is his room like neat freak or slob, farm vs city vs fortress of solitude etc)? basically in case you have more stuff to tell that can't fit on the character itself anymore.

And of course as last part of the comment.
Choice of Ammo = WIIIIIN.

OK I tried man >.< Its hard to critique such a complete piece. I couldn't do it to your gator one either but I figure I'll atleast try to return the favour.
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Student Filmographer
Thanks for taking the time to critique my work, it really means a lot to me that you did.

I agree with you that the underwear could stand to be a little less contrasting. I made it a bit bright just so that the face wouldn't have too much of a pull on the viewers eye, but now that you've mentioned it, I agree that it could stand to draw less attention to itself. And you're right that the environment could have been built up more. In the original drawing I actually designed minions for this guy that would be standing at his side, but I removed them once I got to the painting stage because I felt they made it too cluttered. This fear of over cluttering the image made me opt for the dark, empty, and foggy environment that would keep focus on the character. But now that you've mentioned it, I think you're right, and if I ever rework this I would probably at least add a silhouette of an environment through the fog.

Thanks for your help, I hope my critique was as useful to you as yours was to me. And on a side note, thanks for noticing the ammo. No one had pointed it out yet and I was beginning to worry that I hadn't made it clear enough.
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AceNeophyte Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Glad to hear I help even a little ^^;
And of course yours was helpful :)
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DarkMonkey40 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Student Filmographer
That is Effin' A!!!
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:iconalexanderhenderson:
AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student Filmographer
Thanks, love the enthusiasm, it made my day
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DarkMonkey40 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student Filmographer
Glad to be of service.
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Shlogo Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Heh, this is great! Nice work!
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FlAmExxlOrD Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now thats a bad ass look xD perfect shadings in my opinion ^^
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:iconalexanderhenderson:
AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student Filmographer
Thank you very much, glad you like it
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FlAmExxlOrD Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^
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Harmonikah Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Student Filmographer
MAKES ME WANNA STOP CEL SHADING AND DO THIS.
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:iconalexanderhenderson:
AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Student Filmographer
You should definitely try it, painting like this was a lot of fun.
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Countess-Studios Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow Alex, great lighting. You're really going at it, huh?
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Student Filmographer
Thanks, and yes I have been really going at it (I've got a lot of time on my hands). I see you've been working hard too.
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Countess-Studios Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, but not as busy as I could be =.=;;
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MishkedehBizikhe Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Student Filmographer
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, TEACH ME HOW TO PAINT. *_*
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Student Filmographer
No.



Just kidding. Have you ever used the Mixer Brush tool? If not I can tell you how to use it, it's a new tool only in CS5, and it made digital painting 10x easier and a lot more fun. I owe this painting to that tool, and if you want to know how to use it then I'd be happy to teach you.
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MishkedehBizikhe Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Student Filmographer
Jerk :|



No! I haven't heard/used it! Lmao, where is it even located? You know me and Photoshop.
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Student Filmographer
Okay then, I shall teach you the mixer brush tool. But first, bare in mind that since this is a new tool, I'm not sure if it has been accepted by professional digital artists as the proper way to paint digitally, all I know is that this is what I used to achieve the results in this painting. So if it turns out tha I am completely wrong, don't quote me on this.

So to start off, what I do is I take the normal brush (the mixer brush comes later) and I block in the colours. You know, the early stage where you block in the colours loosely, get the colours and composition right. Once you're satisfied with the first layer of painting and have blocked in the basic shading, you move on to the mixer brush tool.

This tool is found by clicking on the brush tool in the toolbar and holding it down until you get the scroll down list of other brush options. In this list you will find the mixer brush tool. What this brush does is it simulates an actual paint brush. When you apply a colour it takes into account the colour underneath it and blends it. I used this tool to blend the colours because unlike the smudge tool, it mixes the colours when you push them together rather then just move them around, just like an actual paintbrush.

If you have the "Load" "Mix", and "Wet" setting at high levels, you can apply paint to a layer and mix it with the colours you've already laid down. I didn't do this too often, but what I did use it for was to just blend the colours that I had already laid down. To blend the colours I had two preferred options. For both of them, I set the "Load" to 1%, and the "Mix" to 100%, so that it wouldn't add colours but just mix and blend the ones that were already there. The first blending option is to have the brush at 100% hardness. This made it so that when you mixed the paint, it left impressionist-style brushstrokes, that were handy for rough textures like stone or leather. The second option was to set the hardness at 0%, which blended paint in a way that left soft transitions, it was very hady for things sush as clouds and skies.

Just try out the mixer brush tool and I guarantee it will make digital painting so much more fun. And try experimenting with the different levels of mix, load, and wetness, and see what work for you.
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MishkedehBizikhe Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Student Filmographer
...I love you forever for this tl;dr.

Thanks so much. I will get on a new painting soon. /flies off
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student Filmographer
No problem, I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Good luck.
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MishkedehBizikhe Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student Filmographer
Y thank u :D
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